April 16, 2018 / 7:02 AM / 8 months ago

China's foreign minister tells Japan the two countries should oppose trade protectionism

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) and Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono meet in Tokyo, Japan April 15, 2018. Behrouz Mehri/Pool via Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said on Monday that China and Japan should jointly oppose trade protectionism, safeguard multilateral trade systems, and together promote an open world economy, according to a statement from China’s foreign ministry.

Wang, who is also state councillor, made the comments in Tokyo during a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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